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Former Mozambique finance minister awaits SA court decision on deportation

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The Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday will decide the fate of the former Mozambican Finance Minister Manuel Chang, who was accused of fraud and bribe-taking by the US. The official could be deported either to the States or to his home country.

Chang was arrested at the OR Tambo airport on December 29 following the US extradition request. The former minister is believed to have been allegedly involved in providing $2 billion of fraudulent loans to the state-owned companies.

The court has already held a bail hearing and has decided not to release Chang as that move could further complicate the case and, moreover, would undermine SA’s criminal justice system.

“The applicant is a person of influence and may very well have his way in returning to his home country, despite his travel documents being handed into relevant officials,” the Magistrate, Sagra Subroyen said.

Chang, in turn, continues to deny all allegations, claiming his detention is unlawful.

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